Former President Barack Obama campaigned in a drive-in rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden in North Miami, Saturday, making one point clear - if you haven't voted already, get out and vote and do it now.
The former President's appearance in South Florida is an indication that the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to get a huge voter turnout in Monroe, Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
At the drive-in rally held at Florida International University's North Campus, those in attendance honked their horns whenever Obama’s message resonated.
"Listen, Miami, if he can’t answer a tough question like, what would you like to do in your second term, then we need to make sure he doesn’t get a second term,” the former President said when referring to current President Donald Trump.
Obama, for the second time in a week, broke with White House tradition and blasted President Trump - who casted his own ballot Saturday near his home in Palm Beach County.
"He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the Presidency like a reality show to give him more attention," Obama said.
Before the event, Obama stopped by a Democratic volunteer location in Miami Springs. He called volunteers like those that they are the “lifeblood” of any political campaign.
“If you bring Florida home, this thing’s over,” he said, adding that it would be good to know the results early on Nov 3. “And that way I don’t have to stay up too late. I don’t have to wait for the results through the next day. I want to go to sleep knowing that we’re going to have a president fighting on our behalf.”
In Miami-Dade, over 500,000 voters have already casted their ballots, and more than 300,000 have voted by mail in Broward County.
Back in 2016's Presidential election, Donald Trump won a huge portion of the state, but Hillary Clinton took highly populated South Florida. Trump’s margin of victory was just 1.2 percent.
Democrats say Joe Biden needs to run up the numbers as much as he can in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach - the core reason why the former President showed up on Saturday.
Over the next week and a half, Floridians can expect to see an all out blitz for the state in an effort to win Florida’s 29 electoral college votes. It’s and indication as to just how important the sunshine state is to both sides.
The last time a Republican won the White House without Florida was 1924. The winner was Calvin Coolidge. The state wasn’t quite so important back then.
Florida had 6 electoral college votes 96 years ago. Times have changed.